Fiesta Finale was an opportunity for students enrolled in their final year of the B.Mus./B.Ed. Concurrent Degree Program and the B.Ed. Music Degree Program to be celebrated for their student compositions. Student compositions written for beginner concert band, as part of EDEA 442 Music Methods I, were judged by two members of the McGill Association of Student Composers (MASC). Criteria included originality, suitability for beginner concert band, and overall format/publishability. Award winners were announced at a reception attended by faculty and students of the Music Education Area. A firsts prize scholarship of $250.00 was awarded to Maxwell McLarty and a second prize of $100.00 was awarded to Naomi Garrett.
Plans to record the compositions are underway so that all students from EDEA 442 (Fall 2015) can include a professional quality recording in their teaching portfolios. The student compositions are intended for future use in a school or community setting and it is anticipated that several will become part of the curriculum and repertoire of Quebec school band programs.
Fiesta Finale was funded by the P. Lantz Initiative for Excellence in Education & the Arts.